Accession Number : ADA130700

Title :   Vietnam: How Did We Get There? Where Do We Go from Here?

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Fulmer,Lemos L , Jr

PDF Url : ADA130700

Report Date : 01 May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This paper begins with an examination of the question Vietnam: How Did We Get There? In Part I, twenty-three rationales for our involvement in Vietnam are analyzed, including a comparison of the views of the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson Administrations; and a comparison classified rationales with unclassified rationales. It then discusses the conduct of the war in terms of these rationales. Part II, examines why we failed to achieve our objectives in Vietnam and examines the limited war theories that governed our involvement. Part III, examines the question, Where Do We Go From Here? and draws three primary strategic lessons: (1) that public support is a critical factor in strategic planning, (2) that the US is not invincible, and (3) that there is a need for a consistent military strategy.

Descriptors :   *Military operations, *Military strategy, *Vietnam, Foreign policy, Decision making, United States Government, Civilian personnel, Military personnel, Perception(Psychology), Comparison, Failure, Military planning

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE